The NDDoH viral hepatitis program receives state and federal funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance and support viral hepatitis programs. The key activities of the viral hepatitis program include:

  • Monitoring the incidence and estimated prevalence of viral hepatitis in the state. Diseases that are monitored include: hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
  • Educating health care professionals that serve individuals at risk for viral hepatitis and target populations who are at risk for viral hepatitis.
  • Collaborating with the HIV program to integrate viral hepatitis testing into the counseling, testing and referral (CTR) program for those at risk for viral hepatitis infections. These individuals are also offered hepatitis A and B vaccinations.
  • Develop referral services for medical care and case management for chronically infected persons.

These activities aim to reduce the number of cases of viral hepatitis in North Dakota. They also increase opportunities for individuals to seek risk reduction counseling, as well as vaccination to prevent and testing to identify viral hepatitis infections.